Energy and Educational Community (EEC) in a vulnerable area in Seville
About this good practice
The neighbourhood of Torreblanca in Seville is classified as a Disadvantaged Zone by the Andalusian Regional Government. More than 18,000 people live in this neighbourhood, a large number of whom live in energy poverty.
The creation and implementation of the EEC allows these vulnerable groups to have access to renewable energies while at the same time promoting energy culture, integrating an educational dimension in energy matters.
The first action to set up this EEC, called "Torreblanca Ilumina", consists of a pilot installation of collective solar self-consumption (15 kW), located on the roof of two public schools, which supplies energy to 11 families.
The EEC has been developed with the support of assistance, including:
Legal assistance, which has analysed the most appropriate legal figures for the creation of an EEC and the mechanisms of public-private collaboration for the cession of the roofs of public schools by the City Hall of Seville to the "Torreblanca Ilumina" association.
Social assistance, which has carried out a complete process of social management, citizen participation and awareness-raising, during which informative and active workshops have been held. The "Energy Office" has also been set up to provide personalised advice to families in the neighbourhood.
Technical assistance for all design work, energy analysis, processing and legalisation of the self-consumption installation, as well as analysis and improvement of families' electricity bills.
• Equipment for installation: 18.000 € from Interreg Europe IE (POWERTY-AEA) and solar panels from Som Energía from a donation
• Legal assistance: 17.520 € from IE (POWERTY – AEA)
• Social assistance: 17.910 € from IE (POWERTY – AEA)
• Technical assistance: 6.480 € from IE (POWERTY – AEA)
Evidence of success
2 methodologies (legal and social) compiling all lessons learned
2 collective PV installations
11 vulnerable households with energy from the collective PV installation
60 households who have received advice in the workshops
30% energy savings for families
Dissemination through the EPAH, POWERTY, RESCOOP, Interregional Partnerships of the EC, working group on energy communities at national (EnerAgen) and regional level (Andalusian Self-consumption RoundTable)
Potential for learning or transfer
Any vulnerable area can use this good practice as an inspiration to use the roofs of public buildings for collective installations and share energy with the neighbours of the neighbourhood. This is one of the actions to be carried out by an energy community, although it is not the only one. For example, energy saving and efficiency and sustainable mobility measures can be implemented to complement renewable energies. Leaving no one behind and being a protagonist of the energy transition are essential values of this good practice.